A Canadian journalist was ‘punched in the face’ by a Muslim woman after accidentally taking her picture in a public square.
Writing in his column, David Menzies said he was with his nine year old son in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square testing out a new digital camera when a woman in a hijab approached him shouting that he could not take a picture of her.
The popular car columnist then says he was punched in the head by the woman and surrounded by a group of people shouting Arabic at him. A police officer then refused to press charges.
Relaying the incident in the Toronto Sun, Mr Menzies said: ‘Suddenly, a woman wearing a hijab ran toward me.
‘She was part of a group that included two women wearing full face-covering burkas. She was screaming: ‘We are Muslim! You do not take pictures of us!’ (Odd. I can’t find the “no photos” rule in the Qur’an.)
‘I informed the lady I was in a public square in a democracy. I can actually take pictures of whomever I please.
‘And then: Ka-pow! Her fist collided with my face. Worse, she almost knocked my new camera from my hands.
‘My son and I were then surrounded by a mob of about 20 people, many of whom were speaking Arabic.
‘One kept demanding I surrender my camera to him.’
Spotting a group of police officers, Mr Menzies ran over to tell them what had happened.
But despite having Arabic speaking witnesses, the officer said he would not press charges.
Mr menzies continued: ‘The officer interrogated the woman.
‘She was still hysterical. Good. The constable would encounter first-hand what I had been forced to deal with earlier.
‘The cop walked back to me. No charges would be laid, he said, because he believed the woman’s story–namely, she was merely trying to knock the camera out of my hands.’